Unless you count the rather untimely wallpaper above (dubbed “The eye is watching”), Rockstar has, at least publicly, remained quiet on this whole ‘Rockstar Spouse’ tomfoolery. Just in case you’ve been hunting and ice fishing in Wyoming for the last two weeks with no contact to the outside world, Rockstar has been levied numerous allegations against them ranging from incompetent management to unpaid overtime, and we now have a official response from the company via a Q&A session on their website.
Rockstar labels the accusations as “a case of people taking the opinions of a few anonymous posters on message boards as fact.” They also claim to have always “cared passionatly” for their employees, attributing this to their companies success. Read on to dissect the entire response.
Q: “I think the fans of RDR deserve some official word regarding the current state of development for worried fans!”– received via Twitter
A: First off, you guys have nothing to worry about: Red Dead Redemption is coming to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on April 27th 2010 (April 30th in Europe) – and we could not be more excited with how the game is looking and playing as it nears the end of development. As for the stories spreading around the internet, yes we have noticed them. Unfortunately, this is a case of people taking the opinions of a few anonymous posters on message boards as fact. No business is ever perfect, but Rockstar Games is a tight knit team made up of around 900 supremely talented and motivated professionals, many of whom have worked here for a very long time. We’re saddened if any former members of any studio did not find their time here enjoyable or creatively fulfilling and wish them well with finding an environment more suitable to their temperaments and needs, but the vast majority of our company are focused solely on delivering cutting edge interactive entertainment. We’ve always cared passionately about the people working here, and have always tried to maintain a supportive creative environment. There is simply no way Rockstar could continue to produce such large scale, high quality games without this. That being said, making great games is very challenging, which is why we have and will continue to try to keep hold of some of the best talent in the industry and support them in every way we can.